What is a Journaling Bible?
In the simplest of terms, it is a Bible with wider margins to allow for notes/journaling in the margins. I have found journaling bibles in several different versions. There is an English Standard Version (ESV) that I will be using. If you prefer, you can also find it in the New International Version (NIV) or even in the King James Version (KJV). More and more translations are becoming available for use with journaling.
I stumbled upon bible journaling while scanning through my Pinterest feed. I came across a blog post by Shanna Noel. I remember thinking how cool is this! It’s like scrapbooking only in your Bible. I was on vacation at the time and I spent the days left of my vacation by searching Pinterest for more stuff related to bible journaling. I became more and more interested in learning more about bible journaling. I ordered my first journaling bible while I was still on vacation and I couldn’t wait to return home and get started.
Where can I find a Journaling Bible?
I ordered mine through christianbook.com , but I know several people who have ordered theirs through amazon.com. You can also head to your local Christian book store and search there. The staff at Lifeway have always been very helpful to me in the past when searching for Bibles.
If you prefer not to spend money on a new journaling Bible you can swing by your local thrift stores and search for a Bible. Some thrift stores even give away Bibles for free. If you plan on getting really artistic by using watercolors, heavy ink, etc… you might find that this is a better route to go due to the fact that some artistic mediums such as markers, stamp ink and paints will bleed through your pages. Yes bleed through can happen, but as someone on our Journaling Bible Community mentioned, Jesus bled too! Speaking of the Journaling Bible Community, there are some talented people that make up the community. The group is a closed group, but you can ask to join and someone will approve your request. Lots of great ideas and inspiration to take in there. You should check it out!
What does a Journaling Bible look like?
Glad you asked! Mine is mocha but it is available in black as well. Retailers are quickly releasing the journaling bibles in different colors and sizes now. They are available in hard cover, bonded leather, leather, etc….You can also get them in single column or double column. If you want a little more space in the margins, then I recommend the single column version. Mine is double column.
Here’s a look at the inside:
Note the 2″ wide margins on the side…perfect for taking notes during worship services or journaling your own Bible study/devotions. It also includes a one-year Bible reading plan. Other things to note about this ESV journaling Bible is that the type is 7.5 point, which is small. I would recommend that if you have trouble reading small print that you research other versions. Another point to note is that this version is black letter only, so if you prefer red letter then this version is not for you. If you want to know more about the English Standard Version (ESV) you can find out more at this website. Also note, this version is lined. If you do not wish to see the lines, you can prep the page with gesso before adding inks, watercolors, etc….Feel free to ask any questions you may have about journaling bibles.
You may decide to NOT purchase a journaling bible and instead journal your devotions and prayers in a separate journal. I know several people who prefer to journal their thoughts in this way. Decide what you think will work best for your process and then dive right in. There is NO way to do this wrong.